We are grateful to Minna Hagan (ECDA Secretary) for sharing the report of the WUT’s Annual Meeting. The WUT is a worldwide voluntary association of associations and clubs for Teckels/Dachshunds belonging to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) or who have an association agreement with the FCI. The WUT was founded in 1992. It has 25 member countries.
The annual meeting of the Welt Union Teckel was held in Vantaa, Helsinki on 13th Feb 2016.
Exceptionally large number of member countries attended the annual meeting this year, only Poland and Denmark were absent.
The event, which usually proceeds according to a formal protocol, had a surprise start when the representative for The Netherlands made his speech in English. The official language of WUT meetings is German. Austrian rep Mr Osterman proposed that the rules relating to the official language should be clarified and that the only official language to be used should be German. The representative for The Netherlands pointed out that it would be more practical to use English going forward as it is proving quite difficult to find representatives who are fluent in German. The meeting decided to add this onto the agenda for next year.
The representative for Sweden asked the meeting if it would be possible to have a joint rep between member countries. This was viewed as impractical as well as impossible by the meeting.
Dachshunds around the world
As per the protocol each member country presented their latest news to the meeting.
Germany: Membership 18,000. Out of all coats the wirehaired was the most popular and longs the least popular in 2015. On the working side, the increased wolf population has brought its challenges, especially with “driving” dachshunds around Germany.
In Germany working tests are going strong as well as in Switzerland and Austria, where an eye testing programme has also been started.
Czech Republic/Slovakia: 2000 puppies were registered in the Czech Republic compared to 500 in Slovakia. In both countries, the most popular variety was Standard Wire. A WUT judging meeting was held in the Czech Republic in 2015. This meeting was attended by 26 judges from 12 different countries.
Spain: There are around 200 members in Spain, and the country has recently put in place a working test programme.
North America: North America has met the FCI Breed Standard with enthusiasm. The Dachshund population is increasing especially in miniature & kanichen longs where many breeders have their puppies reserved for many years to come.
France: Approximately 3000 puppies were registered in 2015. Most popular variety again being the Wirehaired. Approx 450 dogs took working tests in 2015.
The Netherlands: The Dutch Dachshund Club has approximately 200 members. Registration of puppies has gone down 300 from 2014 and the number of registrations is 2240. The biggest problem in The Netherlands is unregistered litters with registrations decreasing across all breeds.
The popularity of kanichen and miniature smooths has increased as well as with miniature wires, whereas the previously popular longs have declined.
Working tests are few and far between mainly due to lack of ground and judges. Same applies to small countries like Belgium and Luxembourg.
Sweden: Membership numbers in the Swedish Taxklubben stands at 5000 and in 2016 1495 puppies were registered. The increasing number of wolves has had an impact in the popularity of wires, which are commonly used for hunting.
Both show and working test scenes have been very active in Sweden throughout 2015.
Norway: Membership has increased in Norway and is now over 2200. In 2015 808 puppies were registered. Oslo organised the European Winner show in 2015, where 361 dachshunds were judged. Working tests also play an important part in the Norwegian Calendar.
Estonia: The newest WUT member only has 45 members but the working side is extremely active and popular with many different disciplines e.g. wild boar test.
Russia: Overall registrations in Russia have gone down by 15% and stand now at 8700 registrations per annum. Popularity of kanichens and miniatures has increased and registration numbers of miniature smooths have overtaken registration of standard smooths. Russia also organises a large number of national and international shows and working tests in fox hunting.
At the organisational level the Russian Dachshund Club has a totally new committee lead by previous Chairman.
The hot topic of the annual meeting was the Breed Standard, which was briefly discussed in 2014.
Miniature & Kanichen: A proposal was put forward to differentiate between measuring kanichen & miniature dogs. It was proposed that when measuring dogs, a 2 cm leeway should be given, compared to bitches, where the measurements would stay the same.
Standards: The proposed measurements for Standards are:
Setting an upper limit should help to keep the size down.
The varying shape of heads across all standard dachshunds was also a concern with mostly longs having the correct shape head. In the other varieties a heavier head was more common and this is incorrect according to the breed standard. Another point of concern was the increase in presence of dewlaps across all varieties.
Colours: It was noted that an unacceptable coloured dachshund was awarded a prize at the World Winner show 2015 held in Milan. Chocolate dapples and brindles were also discussed due to the increased popularity of “colour breeding”. The meeting unanimously decided that colour should not be the main priority when breeding.
Representatives from Slovenia, North America,, Italy, Russia and The Netherlands were elected as breed specialist to consult with the Deutscher Teckelklub in order to streamline and clarify the breed standard in order to get rid of number of appendices, which only confuse breeders and judges.